December 30, 2016

CT MIRROR:
STATE APPEAL OF EDUCATION RULING: 5 THINGS TO KNOW

“A Hartford Superior Court judge three months ago deemed the state’s education funding system unconstitutional and ordered the General Assembly and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to revamp how Connecticut funds and oversees its schools…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 29, 2016

HARTFORD COURANT:
SUPERINTENDENT EVALS PUBLIC UNDER STATE LAW, BUT IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK OUT THAT WAY

“The superintendent is the only public school employee whose annual performance review is subject to public scrutiny under Connecticut state law, but don't bother looking for those appraisals in Farmington, or West Hartford, or any number of communities throughout the state…”

HARTFORD COURANT:
STATE CUTS $50 MILLION IN SCHOOL, MUNICIPAL FUNDING

“Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration announced $50 million in new cuts in state aid to municipalities Thursday, including a $20 million reduction in education funding that local officials said could result in school layoffs…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 28, 2016

EDUCATION WORLD:
CHARTER SCHOOL DEBATE PERSISTS IN CONNECTICUT AFTER STATE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

“For the first time in three years, Connecticut's Department of Education has announced it will be accepting proposals for charter schools between July 1 and August 15 of next year…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 27, 2016

WALL STREET JOURNAL:
CLASH OVER CONNECTICUT SCHOOLS FLARES ANEW

“Connecticut’s teachers unions and school-advocacy groups are seizing on a recent court ruling that criticized the state public education system to push for a funding overhaul…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 26, 2016

NEW BRITAIN HERALD:
CHANGES IN SPECIAL ED FUNDING RECOMMENDED

“An organization is looking to change the way special education funding is distributed in the state…”

HARTFORD COURANT:
ANOTHER PUSH TO DELAY LINKING TEACHER EVALUATIONS WITH TEST SCORES

“More time is needed before requiring that teachers be evaluated based in part on student test scores…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 22, 2016

CONNECTICUT LAW TRIBUNE:
SANDY HOOK, EDUCATION FUNDING FIGHT TOP 2017'S CASES TO WATCH

“The Connecticut Supreme Court bypassed a lower court last month to hear an appeal from several families whose loved ones were killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, and who are trying to sue the manufacturers of the gun used…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 15, 2016

HARTFORD COURANT:
EDUCATION OFFICIAL: STATE COULD VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW UNDER JUDGE'S SCHOOL REFORM RULING

“A U.S. Department of Education official has issued a warning that a portion of the September Superior Court ruling in a Connecticut school funding case could potentially lead to violations of federal special education law…”

CT POST:
TWO PRIORITIES FOR ASSEMBLY NEXT MONTH

“We wish Connecticut’s legislators, both new and returning, the most peaceful and joyous holiday season…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 14, 2016

NEW HAVEN REGISTER:
CONNECTICUT SCHOOL FINANCE PROJECT PROPOSES SPECIAL EDUCATION SPENDING MODEL

“Katie Roy, director and founder of the Connecticut School Finance Project, has a proposition for the way special education is funded in state school districts…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 13, 2016

CT MIRROR:
WHAT DOES A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA PROVE?

“The question was straightforward: Is it possible for a student to make it all the way through his or her senior year, be given a high school diploma – and be illiterate?..”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 12, 2016

NY TIMES:
IT TURNS OUT SPENDING MORE PROBABLY DOES IMPROVE EDUCATION

“If you spend more on education, will students do better? Educators, politicians and unions have battled in court over that crucial question for decades, most recently in a sweeping decision this fall in Connecticut, where a judge ordered the state to revamp nearly every facet of its education policies, from graduation requirements to special education, along with its school funding…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 11, 2016

NEW HAVEN REGISTER:
LOCAL CHARTER SCHOOLS INNOVATING WITH UNCLEAR DISTRICT COLLABORATION

“Proponents of both charter and traditional public schools can agree on at least one thing: the initial intent of the Connecticut charter law, signed 20 years ago, was for charter schools to serve as “laboratories of innovation” in collaboration with school districts…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 4, 2016

REGISTER CITIZEN:
CONNECTICUT NAACP KEEPING EDUCATION A TOP PRIORITY, INCLUDING CHARTER SCHOOL CONCERNS

“Racial disparities in employment, housing, health, law enforcement, and a new president, are all issues the NAACP continued to discuss throughout 2016. But starting a nationwide discussion on education, more specifically charter schools, was a top priority at the Connecticut NAACP’s annual state convention Saturday…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

December 2, 2016

NBC CONNECTICUT:
STEPPING UP MINORITY TEACHER RECRUITMENT IN CONNECTICUT

“Principals, Human Resources directors and superintendents from the state’s major urban school districts gathered for two days in New Haven to meet with representatives from historically black colleges and universities about bringing their graduates to Connecticut for education jobs…”

HARTFORD COURANT:
CT STUDENTS TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE AS PART OF MODEL U.N. PROGRAM

“Climate change was the topic of a model United Nations program on Friday where nearly 1,000 high school students from around Connecticut got a sense how world leaders tackle the issue…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

November 30, 2016

EDUCATION WEEK:
CONNECTICUT TO TIGHTEN CHILD CARE SUBSIDY ELIGIBILITY AGAIN

“Connecticut officials say they're tightening eligibility rules again for a child care subsidy program that helps low-income working families…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

November 28, 2016

NEWS OF NEW CANAAN:
EXPANDED: SCHOOLS TEACHING SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS K-12

“Sexual abuse education for K-12 evoked reactions of both ‘too much too soon’ and ‘too little too late’ from Board of Education members. Sexual abuse education will be added to curriculum for the early grades in response to Erin’s Law and it will be intensified for seniors…”

WNPR:
LAWSUIT SEEKS TO GROW MORE CHARTER AND MAGNET SCHOOLS IN CONNECTICUT

“Connecticut officials are asking a federal court to throw out a lawsuit filed by school choice advocates, who want the state to allow more charter and magnet schools to be built in the state…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

November 17, 2016

CT MIRROR:
FOR MINORITY TEACHER RECRUITMENT PANEL, ‘A SLAP IN THE FACE’

“Members of the state task force charged with boosting Connecticut’s ranks of minority teachers say they are disappointed, embarrassed and feeling disrespected by the State Department of Education for its rapid approval of a controversial teacher-training program…”

NEW HAVEN REGISTER:
EDITORIAL: REGIONALIZATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS MUST BE CONSIDERED AS SCHOOL ENROLLMENT DECLINES

“School budgets are up but class sizes are down, presenting a pressing problem to school boards here in Connecticut and nationwide: With school enrollment declining, what can be done to repurpose school buildings, cut spending and maximize the use of facilities?..”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

November 16, 2016

STONINGTON PATCH:
REP. DIANA URBAN TO PRESENT CT CONCUSSION PREVENTION EFFORTS

“Children’s Committee House Chair Diana Urban (D-Stonington) will speak about legislative efforts to prevent childhood concussions at the Women in Government Foundation’s Healthcare Summit in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 17…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

November 15, 2016

NEWTOWN DAILY VOICE:
PASTORS, POLITICIANS CALL ON CONNECTICUT TO CHANGE HOW IT FUNDS SCHOOLS

“Leaders from faith communities across Fairfield County joined forces with several politicians at Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk to call for a change with Connecticut’s General Assembly in the way the state funds its public schools…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

November 14, 2016

CT MIRROR:
CT JOINS LOBBYING FRAY OVER NEW FEDERAL EDUCATION RULE

“Connecticut has joined a fight over how federal money will be distributed, beginning next year, to schools with the largest populations of poor or disadvantaged students…”

EDUCATION WORLD:
STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER CALLS ‘SUPPLEMENT NOT SUPPLANT’ REGULATION AN ‘EXTREME PAPERWORK BURDEN’

“While the country’s new education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, passed with bipartisan support, a regulation created by the Department of Education to enforce the legislation is stirring up significant controversy among state leaders…"

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.

November 9, 2016

CT NEWS JUNKIE:
FUTURE FOR DACA STUDENTS UNCERTAIN

“The Latino voting bloc was supposed to contribute to Democratic Hillary Clinton’s victory, but even if she had been elected president, for immigrant students at the University of Connecticut she was the lesser of two evils…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.